Articles tagged with: Jeff Potts

CATIE scores again with a fine national conference – but is it their last?

published: November, 28, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, CATIE, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Events, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Last week saw 400 people gather in Toronto for CATIE’s “Transforming our Practice” national forum, looking at new knowledge and new strategies to end the epidemic. It was an unqualified success. But what’s next? Bob Leahy reports.

CATIE scores again with a fine national conference – but is it their last?

I’m fortunate to attend many HIV conferences in Canada and sometimes elsewhere. They educate, they inspire and they allow for lots of networking – in particular the peer-to-peer engagement that so strengthens our response to HIV in Canada. CATIE delivered all of this last week in Toronto. While scholarships, through diminishing dollars continue to be hard to get, a sizeable contingent of people living with HIV were in the house, thanks in part to a financial arrangement with CATIE and the

Let's make IT happen... a footnote

published: October, 20, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Jeff Potts, Media

Jeff Potts of the CPPN offers a clarification of his previous article, "Let's make IT happen"

Let's make IT happen... a footnote

It’s in my DNA… I tend to call things the way I see them. At the same time, I am very careful to share my assessments honestly, guided by matters-of-fact, even when the facts are not popular, and always knowing that people can and will see things differently than I do. I welcome these realities with respect and with readiness to discuss what really matters. In my humble opinion, the richness of any discussion is realized when it is shaped by differing points-of-view. The article I wrote

Let's make IT happen

published: October, 17, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts, Media

The CPPN's Jeff Potts: "Honestly, our best intentions are not enough… especially now. So… let’s be resilient… let’s work together to live the lessons we learned; let’s focus on the “by us” and make it happen."

Let's make IT happen

I want to write about my own journey in recent months, but also the future path of the organization of which I am now Executive Director. That path recently was made more inviting, courtesy of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). First some history. PHAC made its announcements revealing which organizations it invited to submit Letters of Intent for consideration of funding under the new Community Action Fund. The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) was not among them and it appeare

Meaningful engagement

published: August, 11, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts, Media

Jeff Potts of the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) calls for unity among HIV peers as together we plot CPPN's 5-year course. Complete the survey here and help to set CPPN’s future direction.

Meaningful engagement

Like so many, and always with appreciation, humility, and just a little bit of shock (sometimes), I lived well beyond my ‘best before date’. These many years later, I celebrate my life with HIV and my life – period – every single day, trying not to take its extraordinary complexities for granted. I also spend a whole lot of time reflecting on the incredible efforts of the community-based movement which has, over too many decades and in countless ways, made it possible for me, and for s

When will justice department announce new approach to prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure?

published: July, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

Critics say that recent conviction of Indigenous woman is further proof that the use of sexual assault laws in cases of HIV non-disclosure continue to criminalize marginalized people and women of colour

When will justice department announce new approach to prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure?

Tanja-Tiziana This article by Alex McClelland previously appeared in NOW Magazine, here. An Indigenous woman with HIV has had her appeal on an aggravated sexual assault conviction dismissed by the Manitoba Court of Appeal. The decision handed down on June 29 comes as a blow to the growing movement of lawyers and human rights advocates pushing to change laws that they say criminalize people with HIV, in particular vulnerable women.  Activists have been calling for a moratorium on all n

Post stroke reality: Jeff Potts checks in on the triumphs and challenges.

published: January, 30, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts, Opinion Pieces

Jeff Potts recently broke silence on social media to talk about his recovery and life in general post-stroke.

Post stroke reality: Jeff Potts checks in on the triumphs and challenges.

So... though not consciously, it seems that I have decidedly taken a break from social media interactions. Over the last few days, a number of you have reached out to me privately wondering what the heck is going on. Thanks for that... and I'm sorry to have been on the silent side. In answer to the questions I've been asked by a number of you, why not a missive to share this update about the post-stroke world I find myself living in. First and foremost, my recovery is slow, but sure. A numb

Making more steps towards recovery: Jeff Potts checks in.

published: November, 10, 2016 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts

"I'm just so excited to realize that that I'll be sharing Christmas dinner in my home with my family... I don't care how chewed up the turkey is!" says Jeff Potts

Making more steps towards recovery: Jeff Potts checks in.

Editors' note: for those who are not aware, our friend, HIV advocate and PositiveLite.com contributor Jeff Potts recently suffered a stroke which caused more damage than originally thought and has left him with what could be a long road to full recovery. Jeff is still in hospital but has been checking in on FaceBook to let us all know how he's doing.  Hey there family and friends! I saw today's update posts from Connie Cole and Paul Kenney and thought I'd check in myself this evening. I

Jeff Potts reports "from the left side of my stroke"

published: October, 24, 2016 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts

"I'm stubborn and determined!" Recovering after last week's stroke, Jeff Potts checks in with friends and family.

Jeff Potts reports

Editors' note: for those who are not aware, our friend, HIV advocate and PositiveLite.com contributor Jeff Potts recently suffered a stroke which caused more damage than originally thought and has left him with what could be a long road to full recovery. Jeff is still in hospital but on October 21 he checked in on FaceBook to let us all know how he's doing. Here's what he wrote. ********** Greetings family and friends… from the left side of my stroke! (forgive the tome) I know that Paul,

The CPPN Wants You!

published: September, 20, 2016 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Social Media, Activism, CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Opinion Pieces, John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on Canada's first network by and for people living with HIV.

The CPPN Wants You!

Ever since the early days of HIV in Canada, local networks of people living with HIV have been the primary drivers of the response to the epidemic. However, Canada has lacked a national network of people living with HIV acting collectively to inform and influence public policies. Until now, that is. Formed in the summer of 2015, and steadily gaining members since, the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) aims to respond to the changing needs of diverse communities of people with HIV. “I

After Alabama… just one perspective

published: May, 30, 2016 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Activism, Conferences, Current Affairs, Events, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts

Jeff Potts reports back on the "HIV is not a crime" training academy for those advocating against criminalization of HIV non-disclosure

After Alabama… just one perspective

Once a trusted advisor to the President of the United States, Army Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Pinkela was convicted of an alleged aggravated assault for HIV exposure in 2012, and he spent 272 days in a military prison. Kerry Thomas is living with HIV and an undetectable viral load. Even though he used condoms, and despite the fact that he never transmitted HIV, Kerry was convicted for non-disclosure of his HIV-positive status and was sentenced to 30 years in the Idaho State Correctional Cent

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